Students and Assessments'S ARCHIVE

  • In our last several blog posts, we’ve shared three of the four conditions that Stiggins and Chappuis insist must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment. These were discussed at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. To recap: Condition One: Assessment development must always […]

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  • In our last couple of blog posts, we’ve shared two of the four conditions that Stiggins and Chappuis say must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment. These were discussed at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. Condition One: Assessment development must always be […]

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  • Stiggins and Chappuis discuss at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps (PDF) – the importance of student-involved classroom assessment. In our last blog post, we highlighted the first of four conditions that must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment: assessment development must always be […]

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  • Student-involved classroom assessment, which can be formative or interim in nature, is a powerful tool and one that Stiggins and Chappuis discuss at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. What’s particularly interesting about their article is the four conditions that they highlight that must be met to ensure […]

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  • As teachers, testing time creates a sense of burden and constraint at the end of the year, and of course our students feel similar stress. As testing season is now fully underway, I wanted to share a few ways I help my students during this time. I know there are countless examples of strategies and […]

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  • Students are at the center of every assessment that teachers administer. They are the key decision makers about their own learning and they need to be engaged participants. Since many students can be intimidated when it comes to taking assessments and tests, teachers and parents must be transparent when it comes to communication. In a […]

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  • It’s not uncommon to find a classroom where a few highly motivated students monopolize the discussion. To ensure that all students are learning, teachers need to find opportunities to actively engage everyone in meaningful ways. While there are many ways to engage students on a day-to-day basis using formative assessment strategies, another way to think […]

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  • Student grading is a topic that is currently getting a lot of attention from educators, parents, and even students. Should we grade? When should we grade? Do we need to change our grading methodology to better reflect learning? These are all valid questions that deserve debate. One aspect of grading that does not need debate […]

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  • Teachers are well-aware that high-quality assessments are an important part of teaching and learning and that they should be designed to help students know where they are in relation to where they need to go. Students are key decision-makers about their own learning, and it is critical for them to be engaged participants when it […]

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  • In another life I was fortunate to be involved in the early stages of planning for and implementing the Colorado Growth Model. It involved a close collaboration with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA) which included Scott Marion, Karen Hess, Damian Betenbenner and Bill Bonk at the Colorado State Department of […]

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